Friday, December 18, 2009

Changes Ahead For Interface Matters

The winds of change are blowing here at Interface Matters and in my opinion are way, way overdue. The only excuse I have is lack of time to devote to these changes (or at least lack of desire to devote the time since other things have been occupying my attention of late). I have been wanting to make some changes here for quite some time, and as the new year rolls around, it's probably as good a time as any to make the leap.

First, I want Interface Matters to expand beyond a single voice. This has always been my plan and I have just failed to execute. This site was never designed to be my personal blog. If it had been, I would have called it chrisblatnick.com. This is the reason I've tried to limit the amount of personal content and why more posts are article length rather than quick blurbs. My original vision was that this site would serve as a good resource for UI ideas for Lotus Notes developers, something that could be referred to now and again like a well-worn book on your shelf. Although I check traffic very, very infrequently, the notifications I get on occasion show me that people are still downloading the sample databases, so there must be at least some value here. The last couple of years have been light on content in this space, though, since I am not doing day-to-day development anymore. This brings me to the first change.

I'm looking to expand the authorship of Interface Matters and I'm looking to you out there in the Lotus community to help me. I believe there is a lot of richness and value in getting multiple viewpoints on user interface and user experience concepts, and I'd love for this to be the place to get it. There are many innovations happening in the collaborative development space lately and along with these new technologies (e.g. XPages), there are new design and interface challenges. I hope we don't fall into the same trap we did with Notes client apps and make every XPage look exactly like OneUI. I hope these other voices are out there and ready to step up and share with the rest of us. So, the concept is simple. If you have an idea for an article that would fit the mission of Interface Matters and you would like to have it posted here, just send me an e-mail and we'll put it on the map. For now, I'll maintain editorial duties and will still contribute too, but I'd definitely love to open Interface Matters up to more contributors. I've tested the waters a bit in the past with a guest author or two and think it works quite nicely.

That brings me to the second change. I would finally like to move this blog to the Domino platform. I originally started using Blogger because I wanted to explore what other blog engines were out there and Blogger was one of the most popular. I never changed because quite frankly it is so simple to use, but along with this move to mutliple contributors, I'd like to finally design a decent looking blog template. To do so, I need to ask a couple of questions:

1. Any suggestions for Domino hosting?

2. I might open up the design to someone that wants to tackle it. Hmmm...perhaps a contest? Any thoughts?

I really do hope to hear from some of you. I think this site has more potential that it's been showing lately and these updates might just be the thing to spice it up a bit.

With that, I'll sign off and wish you all a fantastic holiday season!

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Please Welcome A New Voice To The Lotus Notes Community

Hi All...I hope everyone is well. I'd love to say that I've been heads down working on a super secret project that will revolutionize Notes UI development for years to come but...yeah...not so much. I do have a whole treasure trove of ideas in my brainstorming notebook, though, and with any luck, I'll be completely refreshed after my upcoming, long-awaited (and needed) vacation and will dive into developing these brilliant gems into working prototypes to share with all of you.

In the meantime, I wanted to point you to a new blog and introduce a new member of the community. Dan Lynch has been working with Lotus Notes and Domino since the 3.x days and is currently the Team Lead for Enterprise Messaging at one of my customers. They just so happen to have recently completed one of the competitive battles that Ed was talking about yesterday.  Yes... Lotus Notes won out in the end (woot...we rock!  ;-) and Dan was an instrumental member of the team doing the evaluation between the Lotus and Microsoft collaboration platforms.

Dan has a lot of great insight into the "Microsoft threat" and the necessary components to evaluate when going through such a process.  He also has years of experience that he can share regarding the Notes and Domino platform, and I look forward to reading his coming posts.  For now, he has started with a great kick off article discussing the advantages that Lotus Domino brings to the table when you are faced with an e-discovery process. 

Please welcome Dan to the Notes blogging community and check out his Enterprise Messaging Trenches Blog (hosted by the fine folks at Bleed Yellow).

Welcome, Dan...Glad to have you here!

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